Deep clean for­got­ten ar­eas of your home

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Com­mon house­hold items can suf­fer from the wear and tear of ev­ery­day use, but a few sim­ple clean­ing tricks will help keep them in good con­di­tion and ex­tend their life­span, sav­ing you money and angst in the long run. Here are a few ideas to help you get started:

Dryer: Make sure to empty the dryer’s lint trap on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. Keep­ing this of­ten for­got­ten area lint-free will in­crease the ef­fi­ciency of a stan­dard tum­ble dryer by al­low­ing warm, moist air to flow freely out of the ap­pli­ance as cloth­ing dries.

Ad­di­tion­ally, keep in mind that some brands of dryer sheets can leave an in­vis­i­ble film on the lint trap. To test yours, run wa­ter through it - if it holds wa­ter, it’s suf­fer­ing from build-up. If this is the case, scrub it with a stiff brush and soapy wa­ter ev­ery six months.

Car­pet: Vac­uum at least once a week to re­move the dust and de­bris that set­tles in car­pet fibers on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. If you have shed­ding pets, or fam­ily mem­bers who suf­fer from al­ler­gies, you may need to vac­uum more fre­quently.

BIS­SELL, the floor care ex­perts, rec­om­mends you deep clean your car­pet at least twice per year to re­move the dirt, stains and al­ler­gens vac­u­ums can leave be­hind. To learn more about DIY deep clean­ing, in­clud­ing both por­ta­ble and up­right deep clean­ers, and pro­fes­sional deep clean­ing for­mu­las con­tain­ing Scotch­gard(tm) Pro­tec­tion* to pre­vent fu­ture stains, visit www.bis­sell.com.

Shower Head: If the wa­ter pres­sure in your shower is less than ideal, chances are your shower head is suf­fer­ing from min­eral de­posits that in­evitably ac­cu­mu­late over time. To pro­mote bet­ter wa­ter flow, re­move the shower head from the wall, if pos­si­ble, and soak in white vine­gar for 15 to 20 min­utes. Rinse thor­oughly in the sink, reat­tach to wall and turn on the wa­ter to ob­serve your shower head work­ing at its best again.

If you can’t re­move the shower head from the wall, bring the so­lu­tion di­rectly to the prob­lem: slip a rub­ber band tightly over the shower head, fill a plas­tic bag with white vine­gar and sub­merge the shower head un­til all holes are cov­ered. Se­cure in place with the rub­ber band and soak 15 to 20 min­utes be­fore re­mov­ing.

Re­frig­er­a­tor: Com­monly over­looked, the re­frig­er­a­tor’s con­denser coils - of­ten lo­cated in the back on older units and be­neath the doors on newer mod­els - are in­stru­men­tal in al­low­ing the ap­pli­ance to cool prop­erly. Since dust, grime and pet hair can build up on the coils, it’s im­por­tant to clean them twice a year to en­sure your re­frig­er­a­tor is run­ning as ef­fi­ciently as pos­si­ble. To do this, un­plug the unit for safety, then lo­cate the con­denser coils. Vac­uum them with the wand at­tach­ment of your vac­uum, go­ing back over any stub­born ar­eas with a stiff brush if need- ed. If there’s still grime left, you can use a rag and warm, soapy wa­ter, but make sure to let the coils dry com­pletely be­fore plug­ging the unit in again.

Once they’re on your radar, th­ese sim­ple clean­ing tips are easy to in­cor­po­rate into your rou­tine. With a lit­tle time and up­keep, you’ll find the items you use on a daily ba­sis are in bet­ter shape than ever be­fore.

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Vac­uum at least once a week to re­move the dust and de­bris that set­tles in car­pet fibers on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

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